NATIONAL ANTIQUES WEEK 23 -30 NOVEMBER 2009 Antiquesnews has teamed up with other antiques press and dealer associations to launch and coordinate the first ever NATIONAL ANTIQUES WEEK with the topical theme of ANTIQUES ARE GREEN.
News-Antique.com - Aug 24,2009 - ANTIQUESNEWS has teamed up with a number of antiques media, associations and event organisers to launch the first National Antiques Week which replaces the previous National Antiques Day after eleven successful years.
One of the brightest ideas to enter the antiques trade calendar, this first week long event comes at a pivotal time
for the antiques trade when public and media interest is heightened by recent campaigns such as "Antiques Are
Green" and the petition on www.antiques.co.uk designed to persuade the government to provide more support
to the Fine Art and Antiques industry.
During National Antiques Week, antique dealers will encourage everyone to visit an antiques shop to enjoy
various events and benefit from one of the original green recycling businesses which also happens to be a top
international money earner for the UK.
Antique dealers want the public to know that buying antiques is not just the preserve of the wealthy - antiques
are affordable, desirable, green, practical, durable and adaptable - they work in contemporary interiors as much
as 16th century manor houses!
A number of antique dealers have already confirmed events including special exhibitions, talks on antiques by
invited guests, competitions, outdoor antiques markets with live music, open weekends, local radio phone-ins
and organised antiques trails around a number of shops in one town or region.
All events taking place will be published on-line by Antiquesnews and BBC Homes & Antiques web sites in the
run up to the event.
For the first time the event will be themed and for National Antiques Week 2009 the antiques trade will be shouting from the rooftops that “antiques are green”!
The “Antiques are Green” campaign was launched in the US a number of years ago by John Fiske, the editor-in-
chief of The New England Antiques Journal, who quickly identified that "Behaving green usually involves some self-sacrifice, … antiques call for no self-sacrifice - the opposite in fact self indulgence. Green self-indulgence, what could be more attractive?…”
The UK “Antiques are Green” initiative is being spearheaded by Nigel Worboys of Worboys Antiques in Beaconsfield. The trade and public were invited to choose
a logo for the campaign from a selection of five and the clear winner has been chosen by the readers of BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine. For more information see www.antiquesaregreen.org
The BBC, recognising a hot topic, currently has two more prime time antiques shows under review, in addition to the regular series of The Antiques Roadshow,
Trust Me I'm a Dealer and other antiques shows.
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine which will be running a feature in its November 2009 issue under the heading
“Save our Antique Shops” to help promote the nation's antiques shops. Inspired in part by National Antiques
Week, the recent petition by Iain Brunt and Henry Sandon and tying in with the 'antiques are green' initiative, it
will remind people of the importance of antiques shops to the character of our high street and the advantages of
shopping for antiques and supporting